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Rascal Ed Genois

Ed was born in Washington State, but spent his formative years in North and South Carolina where he was a big fan of Atkins/Travis style guitar picking and bluegrass music.  His work took him to Louisiana in 1965.  He sold his guitar and devoted his attention to non-music priorities the next twenty-five years.

In the early 1990's Ed decided to get back to playing music.  He bought a flat top guitar and a Dobro.  He sang old time country/bluegrass and played music regularly as a solo act at a coffeehouse in New Orleans.  He also played Dobro on weekends with a country Gospel group.  In 1992 he formed RIVER ROAD RAMBLERS evolving into the band's mandolin player.  RIVER ROAD RAMBLERS disbanded in January 2003 after playing over 200 performances at a variety of events in Louisiana and Mississippi.  In 2005, Ed formed WHISTLESTOP, a bluegrass band, with three of his picking buddies.  With WHISTLESTOP he played mandolin and Dobro, and started tinkering with the fiddle.  The band performed for five years at festivals and bluegrass shows along the Gulf Coast from southeast Louisiana to the Florida panhandle.

Ed conducted a number of Dobro and flatpicking guitar workshops at bluegrass events, served a three year term as President of the Magnolia State Bluegrass Association (MSBA), and provided the sound system for several bluegrass festivals.  From time to time he has been invited to play solo electric guitar for various venues.

 

Through bluegrass connections Ed met Christy West, the fiddle player for Hazel and the Delta Ramblers bluegrass band.  At jam sessions they discovered they both liked to play old jazz standards.  When Christy talked about forming a swing jazz band, Ed welcomed the opportunity to join the new group.

 

 

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